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Nathan D. Lichtman

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August 22, 2014 - 4:29 pm

The best chance yet at a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and Gaza failed this week, when Hamas fired rockets at Israeli cities. They broke the ceasefire agreement, and so Israel retaliated with air strikes; and now, we’re back to square one.

You might think Qatar, with its ultra-wealthy skyscraper-clad cities, is far removed from the Gaza situation. Especially given there’s almost 700 miles between them, and that Qatar is a US ally, a seemingly westernized place, and a titan of globalized industry. But Qatar is wielding a lot of influence over Hamas and the negotiations.

According to the Washington Post: “An official from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement suggested Wednesday that Qatar torpedoed the peace talks. After signs of progress last week, Hamas negotiators returned to the table after consultations in Qatar with new conditions.”

Qatar is convincing Hamas to take a hard-line stance in talks with Israel.

So how do they have such influence? Well, for one, the Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal moved to Doha, Qatar, when he was exiled from Kuwait. He is one of the primary executives within the Hamas organization, and he lives in Qatar.

Meanwhile, in 2012, Qatar promised Hamas $400 million in aid. Their cause and terrorism activities have direct funding ties to the Government of Qatar.

Also, when Hamas took charge of Gaza in 2007, the Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was the first foreign dignitary to even visit the Palestinian territory. And, al-Thani even chartered a private plane to bring Hamas militant trainers to Doha to further their education, and experience life in the big city.

So the Qatari-Gaza relationship is strong and gives Qatar a lot of sway in cases such as this.

The reason Israel and Hamas haven’t come to a truce of some sort this go-round is the extreme demands that Gaza is putting forth. According to The Telegraph, “Hamas wants all restrictions on the movement of goods and people in and out of Gaza to be lifted.” This means that Israelis are supposed to let Gazans into their country, inside their sovereign borders, with no control.

So, when we hear that Qatar is bolstering Hamas’ more radical demands, we see that they are responsible for the negotiations falling apart. Because Israel wouldn’t meet these demands, Hamas left the table and fired rockets at Israel.

The Zionist Organization of America has called for a suspension of the $11 billion arms trade deal, that US Secretary of Defense Hagel made with Qatar this July. The Zionist organization wants Qatar named an International State Sponsor of Terror, which would also bar them from having FAA rights to have flights in or out of the USA, and it would allow people to sue Qatar for damages associated with the terror acts.

I agree with the ZOA’s call, but also want the international community to condemn Qatar on a broader level.

A little over a month ago, we just finished watching the FIFA World Cup, and many of us got really into it. Cheering on the US, which did better than anyone thought they could, laughing at “Tim Howard Saves” memes, and rooting for Germany or Argentina in the final round, was exhilarating. But, in 2022, the World Cup is supposed to be in Qatar.

There are already a lot of reasons why this was a bad choice. There is no soccer infrastructure there, and it gets very very hot. And it was uncovered that Qatari billionaires had set up slush funds to bribe many African and Asian leaders into supporting their bid, and even created a whole oil trade deal with Thailand to procure their vote. They have been treating their laborers, who were hired to build from scratch stadiums around their nation, very poorly, prompting World Cup sponsors like Coca-Cola, Hyundai, and Visa to question their work conditions.

But now that we know more about Qataris involvement with the terrorist organization, Hamas, I think the US Government and US Soccer Association, as well as the World Cup corporate sponsors, should reinvigorate the call for the 2022 tournament to be competed elsewhere. The UK and the US have both been mentioned as possible replacement locales. The World Cup, and its millions of dollars in revenue, should not be in Qatar.

It’s time we show the world that there are real consequences for funding terrorism, and for going against our strongest allies, like Israel.

Nathan D. Lichtman is a Producer at PJTV. A graduate of Hillsdale College, he has served as Co-Chair of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans, and has worked with Americans for Tax Reform and Generation Opportunity.
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Those people in Qatar who matter (not the ordinary citizens, but the oligarchs) like raking in money from the West, but they don't respect our values (and frankly, given their love of Western vices and luxuries, they don't even respect their own). What can you expect from such people. Fairness? Justice? Even-handed competence in business dealings? Please. Qatari princes, like Saudi princes before them, are just the Middle Eastern equivalent of White Trash With Too Much Money, or to be racially fair, Black Rap Thugs With Too Much Money. They have this sanctimonious worldview (Islam) that they support wholeheartedly, as long as they themselves don't have to live up to it.
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Now here's a novel idea, the leader of your country is not living in your country. How's that for leadership?
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Those people in Qatar who matter (not the ordinary citizens, but the oligarchs) like raking in money from the West, but they don't respect our values (and frankly, given their love of Western vices and luxuries, they don't even respect their own). What can you expect from such people. Fairness? Justice? Even-handed competence in business dealings? Please. Qatari princes, like Saudi princes before them, are just the Middle Eastern equivalent of White Trash With Too Much Money, or to be racially fair, Black Rap Thugs With Too Much Money. They have this sanctimonious worldview (Islam) that they support wholeheartedly, as long as they themselves don't have to live up to it.
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No disagreement, or surprise here.

It may put in better context if in the first paragraph you mention "The State of Qatar, organized under the Wahhabi/Salafi brand of Sunni Islam..."

Mentioning Islam / Muslims in the first paragraph would tie the common thread better for all readers not aware of our enemy. The MSM will never do it.
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